Abseil Access goes to new levels

In what we are sure is a giant leap forward, Abseil Access has been acquired by the highly regarded international inspection and specialist implementation provider the Vertech Group.
Vertech is now the majority shareholder of Abseil Access, but the reality is we are still the same company, just with more power and the ability to get things done with greater vision and fulfilment.
The day to day running of AA will be as per usual, just better. Martin Wilson will continue as a director and knows that with Vertech’ s experience and support Abseil will be able to tackle bigger and more complex projects.
Abseil Access co-founder and director DJ Matheson has decided to hang up his crampons and after 26 years take what he calls a well deserved’ break from the industry. “I have loved being part of the Abseil team. Martin and I have focussed most of our adult life growing this business. I know our baby is going to be nurtured by capable and strong hands. What I particularly appreciate about Vertech is that they totally get, and take on board, our company ethos of ensuring the site safety of our workers and of course our clients.”
Vertech Managing Director Tom Brennan calls the merger a perfect blend of two companies whose core values are the same.
Vertech Operations Director Andy McKenzie calls the merger a milestone acquisition for the Vertech Group. “The potential collaborations, and joint opportunities between the two companies are vast and the amount of talent coming together as one is exciting.”

Solving Westport’s water supply

Abseil Access workers have recently completed the first phase of a project which will enable Westport residents to once again have safe drinking water. The workers have secured a hill face with self-drilling anchors and a support drape above a water pipe/ tunnel portal. Abseil Access’s safety work has allowed directional drilling and piping contractor Hadlee & Brunton to inject a drill into the portal to clear a tunnel cave-in and replace the water supply pipe* which was compromised two years ago.
The original pipe had been in use since 1903 and was well past replacement date when in 2016 some Westporters first noticed the drinking water flowing from their taps was a dark brown colour. The discovery of a tunnel collapse in an inaccessible section of the pipeline led to a part of a hill being demolished, which led to Abseil Access skilled workers being called on to make tunnel access safe.
The cut in the hill to allow access to the pipe portals was a solution the Abseil team led by Ash Rogers came up in in conjunction with GEOadvice engineer Sigfrid Dupre. Work began on the site stabilisation within three weeks of the first site visit.
We installed 23 x 6m SDA grout flush anchors into alluvial deposit, then installed approximately 2500m2 of HR30 PVC mesh. The entire job was completed in five weeks including 8 extra anchors at another site.

Oriental Bay’s White Lady gets a bit of love

New Zealand’s beautiful lighthouses are an essential part of marine safety. It is therefore essential they are kept in the best condition in their challenging sea environment. Abseil Access has the privilege of maintaining many of our light houses. Recently we gave Wellington’s Point Jerningham lighthouse a lick of paint and a state-of-the-art solar LED beacon that can be seen throughout the harbour. According to Abseil Director, Martin Wilson, lighthouse maintenance work is the company’s most challenging and satisfying work.
Since Abseil Access first started working on New Zealand’s light houses 25 years ago, we have now serviced virtually all our marine and heritage lighthouses, from Cape Reinga to the bottom of the South island at Stirling Point.
New Zealand’s first lighthouse was commissioned in 1859 and its first lighthouse keeper was also the world’s first woman lighthouse keeper. Initially it was the job of the lighthouse keepers to maintain the buildings. But, with the advent of electrified/ automated lighthouses and demanning of lighthouses from the 1930s, the need for contracted servicing from companies such as Abseil Access has become essential. In 1990 the Brothers Island lighthouse (which Abseil service) at the top of the Marlborough Sounds was the last New Zealand lighthouse to be demanned.

Photo competition announced

The popular Abseil Access photo competition is on again. The competition is open to all Abseil staff and contractors, and aims to capture exciting shots from our varied work sites. Last year’s competition winner James Malone ended up having his photo picked as part of a NZ Post stamp collection celebrating the Kaikoura earthquake recovery.

Best photos will go in the Abseil Access calendar, and the overall winner will get $200.

Email photos to: JIM

Abseil Access public service to broadcasting

Abseil Access came to much loved Wellington music station Radio Active’s rescue this week, when they installed a new antenna on Tinakori Hill. The old antenna was past its used by date and Radio Active director Ross Steele expects the combination of a new antenna and a new transmitter will greatly increase the cult station’s broadcasting range.

Last year Radio Active ran a crowd funding scheme and instead of donating money Abseil Access said they would donate their services to install a new antenna.